Show and tell

Our Christmas break up was an animated, cheerful, creative  , well catered to,  noisy affair. We certainly ended the year with a flourish…and plenty of lovely food which we brought along and shared. In addition, we have a great Christmas fibre challenge! Alexis brought in the 100gm samples from the 10 members who have taken up the challenge to
participate in the Christmas fibre exchange. A date for the finished spinning will be announced at a later time. We should like to thank Alexis for making this all happen for us. All we had to do was bring along fibre! We also did some fundraising for research into Alzheimers. It was a satisfying end to a very productive year for us . A few will sneak back next week for an unofficial pre Christmas spin.

Show and tell

Janette: 3 balls of spun wool pink/grey.

Marina: Fingerless gloves, beanie with a cable design and a shawl all in mohair pink,
blue & brown and a ball of sari silk.

Cathy: a ribbed beanie blue/grey, 2 balls of spun yarn, 1 blue wool, 1 dark brown alpaca and a felted knitted bag in Fair Isle design with the pattern book.

Hilary: a skein of Navajo plied tops and a short knitted jacket in light brown with
dark brown stripes.

Tasmanian Devils

Alan has patiently worked on this Tasmanian Devils picture over a number of weeks. We have watched it change and develop and we saw each of the devils being created. We were surprised and delighted with how the finished picture looked. A lot of thought has gone into the creation and presentation of these devils. They are needlefelted so it is a lot of painstaking work. Well worth it.

Passion for purple

Ultraviolet was Pantone’s colour of the year last year. With good reason. It is a strong, powerful colour which historically has always played a role in the robes of important people in different cultures. It’s an inspirational colour whcih never fails to get you thinking.

Bourne creative goes into the detail of the meaning of purple but, in a nutshell:

“Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition. Purple also represents meanings of wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, mystery, independence, and magic.”

We love purple and we go through phases of producing and using it because it is such a vibrant colour. It’s bold and makes a strong statement. Top right is Bill’s purple spinning. Alexis dyed the colour and it has such a sheen and is a colour which draws comment. Truth is , though, we love all these purples.

Woven scarves

woven scarves Christinewoven scarves KarinIt has been great seeing the woven scarves Christine and Karin have made from their spun wool. The colours are good but there is a lovely softness  and warmth to them. John has constantly encouraged us to get back to weaving if we have those skills but he also tries to inspire us with simple ideas if we don’t have the skills. He turns out all sorts of lovely scarves which we have featured and made us enthusiastic about woven scarves.

Both Christine and Karin have finished their scarves off neatly with a fringe and it really makes a difference to the look. These are lovely fashion items and the well chosen colours mean they would dress up any outfit.

This table top scarf which, we have featured before, is a good way to get started on a woven scarf. The yarn will determine the look! It is in your hands.